Important Notice: Since December 10th, 2007, PRS has received thousands of case requests and inquiries. At this time, we do not have the manpower to respond to all these requests, especially when it comes to timeliness. Please note that the likelihood for getting a response within a month is very low. We are keeping a lookout for urgent cases, however. It pains us that we cannot respond to all the requests at this time, but we will do our best.
Also, please feel free to revisit this section from time to time, as we have plans to continously add to this section.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of cases do you accept? We accept all claims of paranormal phenomenon. This includes, but is not limited to: spiritual and demonic hauntings, psychic ability, poltergeist phenomenon, occult-like phenomenon, angelic encounters, miracles, UFO sightings, alien abductions, monster & cryptozoology phenomenon, etc.
How do you determine what cases you accept? In accordance to our Handbook and the Ius Scriptum policies, cases with the most severe or threatening activity take precedence. That is to say, claims of supernatural phenomenon that involve clients who genuinely feel they are being threatened will get priority. Additionally, cases that can provide research of scientific or moral benefit will also be considered a priority.
What is the process of getting an investigation? We here at PRS are very sympathetic to all claims of supernatural activity, and we try to give our clients the benefit of the doubt. Anyone who watches our A&E television program, “Paranormal State,” can see this. That being said, clients must be prepared to agree to confidential psychological evaluation* from trained counselors before we can fully consider a case. If you already have professional specialists involved, then we may ask for permission to speak with them* to rule out certain psychological* and physiological* factors, for your protection. We are not here to judge, but we need to pursue certain avenues for ethical and scientific purposes. When we conduct interviews, we may ask very personal questions*, such as asking about any history of drug or alcohol use, occult use, etc. (responding yes to any of these does not necessarily mean we won’t accept your case). Again, everything remains confidential*, but we ask clients to be very open and honest with us so we can do our job to help you figure out what’s going on. It’s important for both PRS and yourself to consider natural, logical explanations first. We may also ask clients to submit to a criminal background check* for the protection of the society and its members.
Keep in mind that each case is different and unique, so the guidelines on how we accept and pursue a case vary.
Clients who are being considered for an investigation will generally undergo a series of telephone interviews before the next step, which is a physical meet-and-greet. Information gathering and medical checks come next before the actual investigation. Some investigations might require an overnight stay. Overnight stays are done in order to observe the household environment while at the same time, trying to witness paranormal activity. We try to embed ourselves with the clients and household so we can try to experience what the clients experience first-hand.
As you can see, the whole investigation process is very in-depth. This is why we are selective with our cases, because they are very time consuming.
How much does it cost to get an investigation from PRS? Nothing. We do not charge clients for anything.
What will PRS do for me and the phenomenon I am experiencing? There’s a lot we will try to do. One, we can bring in scientific, medical and paranormal specialists. We can also conduct historical research. Most importantly, we’re here to listen without judging you. We believe in the possibilty of the supernatural and we’re here to help, whether it’s paranormal or not. We’re not here to debunk your claims or to simply collect evidence. Our goal is to try and help you understand what is happening. Sometimes we can find a logical, rational explanation. Sometimes we can not. We will also work within the clients religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs. Despite the fact that PRS has a national TV show, we are quite capable and trained in keeping investigations discrete and confidential.
Do I have to consent to being on TV in order to get your help? No, you do not. We still accept a certain amount of cases a year that are not taped or filmed in any capacity for the media.
Does distance affect your decisions on which cases you pursue? Unfortunately, yes. We are not yet at the point where we can fly a team of investigators all over the country for every case. We are able to consider a few cases that are distant, but most of the cases we investigate are in the Northeastern area.
Do you have a network of paranormal organizations across the country? Unfortunately, we do not.
Can you recommend any books that can help me/us understand a little more about what we’re going through? Keep in mind that we feel that all cases are unique and different, but below is a list of some books we recommend to our clients. We feel that these books contain some good insight and knowledge for those being haunted. However, please do not draw up conclusions based solely on the information in these books. For example, some authors don’t believe in the existence of Heaven or Hell. If you are Christian, do not assume that PRS is saying that Heaven or Hell don’t exist. We all have different belief systems, even the authors who write these books: “Grave’s End: a True Ghost Story” by Elaine Mercado; “Ghosts” by Katherine Ramsland; “Ghost Hunters” by Hans Holzer; “How to Hunt Ghosts” by Joshua P. Warren.
Address: Paranormal Research Society
PO BOX 403
State College, PA 16801
* All of this is done in accordance with state and federal laws.